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Pre-Labor Day Fashion

“Don’t you know you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day?”

-Prisoner #2, “Dukes of Hazzard” (2005)

With Labor Day around the corner, now is your last chance to show off your best white ensembles. Get inspired with Refinery 29’s all-white fashion ideas below:

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 –       Shirt Dress: If you want a more professional appearance, go with a white shirtdress. A tailored piece will give you a clean, crisp appearance—plus it can be worn after work or on weekends when paired with flats or sneakers.

–       Simple: Wearing white doesn’t need to be complex. Keep it simple with a classic crewneck top paired with fitted trousers, shorts or a skirt and some white brogues.

–       Accent Color: Balance your sleek white look with an accent color. Look for a piece with design details that incorporate another shade—as long as it doesn’t overwhelm the white.

–       Layer: Layer various shades of white for a more interesting monochrome appearance. To pull off this look, focus on only a slight variation of shades. Try mixing a white dress with an off-white jacket.

Funky, Clunky, Cool: 5 Lug-Soled Sandals for Any Budget


Photo Credit: Alex Gambardella

Sure, there’s something to be said about a delicate strappy sandal (it is wedding season after all), but for the summer ahead, it’s all about the bold soles! This season in particular, our favorite brands are taking the clunky look a step further with a selection of lug-soled sandals to help you look not only on-trend, but ready to take on the world to boot! Okay, so maybe no one in their right mind would actually try to go hiking in one of these summer-ready pairs, but looking the part is what’s really important…. right? From flatforms to slingbacks, slip-ons, and beyond, these chic-meets-sporty sandals are perfect for the girl looking to add a little roughed-up edge to her girly sundresses. And the fact that you can actually walk in them certainly doesn’t hurt either! Check out some of my favorites in the links below.

Pictured above: 3.1 Phillip Lim Cosmic Zip Up Sandals, Madewell The Clemente Sandal in Snakeskin, Jeffrey Campbell Menorca Platform Sandal, Opening Ceremony Grunge Metallic Leather Fisherman Sandals, and Charlotte Russe Floral Print Slingback Slide Sandals.

Sneak Peek: Zooey Deschanel’s Preppy-Chic Capsule Collection for Tommy Hilfiger!


Photo Credit: E! Online

In what seems like a match made in fashion heaven, American prep brand Tommy Hilfiger has enlisted the help of TV’s most “adorkable” leading lady for its next venture! New Girl star Zooey Deschanel is lending her retro-cute style to a new capsule collection of 16 dresses, titled “To Tommy, From Zooey” (adorbz, right?). The 60s-inspired collection features a bevy of sophisiticated-yet-casual dresses, all in a classic Americana color palette. The best part? The frocks are reasonably-priced, ranging from $99 to $199, which certainly beats the required budget for copping one of Deschanel’s real-life red carpet looks. If you’re digging these Jess-like sheaths as much as we are, make sure to look out for the launch of the first 14 dresses at Macy’s starting April 14, and then all 16 pieces at starting the following week.
Are you a fan of Zooey Deschanel’s capsule collection? Or should she stick to comedy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Rag & Bone’s Miramar Style Proves That Pajama Jeans Might Not Be the Worst Idea Ever


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I know it’s hard to resist the involuntarily cringe, but Rag & Bone’s latest must-have style is basically every lazy girls’ dream. Some especially skeptical fashionistas only just recently got around to stomaching the idea of a “jegging” (in fact, some of you still haven’t) so I don’t blame you for finding the idea of a “pajama jean” totally revolting. But honestly, what’s not to like? The Miramar style boasts the comfort of easy-going sweats with the appearance of stylish, destroyed-wash denim for the ultimate undercover comfy vibe. Dress them up with a crop top and buckled booties, or embrace their casual feel with some slip-on flats and a half-tucked tank. They’re perfect for the days when you roll out of bed and can’t bear the idea of composing a “real” outfit (don’t lie, we’ve all been there) but don’t want to look like a total slob; yet they can also be elevated with the right accessories for an effortlessly cool night out on the town.
What do you think of Rag & Bone’s Miramar jeans? Let us know in the comments!

These Floral Faux Leather Jackets Will Unleash Your Inner Biker Babe

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By now, you’ve likely stocked up on more than your share of moto jackets in various shades and styles. After all, they’re the easiest way to inject an instant dose of style to almost any look with minimal effort, whether you’re rocking a maxi dress or a casual jean-and-tee combo. Last spring, colorful takes on the faux leather moto had a major moment — from cheery pastels to flattering jewel tones — and this time around, it seems to be all about the florals! Nothing says spring like a good feminine floral print, and I love the way the bad-ass biker babe vibe contrasts with the traditionally feminine print to put a fresh spin on the tried-and-true trend. It’s the perfect example of hard and soft, and naughty meets nice. Check out some of my favorites in the links below!

From left to right: Bebe Printed Moto Jacket, BLANKNYC Floral Faux Leather Jacket, and Forever 21 Romantic Rose Moto Jacket.

Flannel Love: 5 Key Pieces to Keep You Warm the Rest of Winter!

  • posted February 28th, 2014
  • Fashion


Credit: Alex Gambardella

Flannel: it’s not only for lumberjacks. In fact, in recent years, the warm woven fabric has become a staple of casual-cool style. And this winter, it’s cropping up on more than your classic button-down shirt – flannel has been sneaking its way onto bags, jackets, pants and even shoes – making it easier than ever to stay warm while still maintaining that laid-back, comfy-meets-cool balance that’s essential for surviving winter in style. And it doesn’t stop at your traditional tartan or plaid – flannel goes flirty and floral and even moto-inspired with leather details and unexpected prints that upgrade the look for 2014. Check out some of my favorite cozy flannel pieces in the links below!

Pictured above: Shellys London Vikova Oxford Flats, Sea Baby Flannel Moto Jacket, UNIQLO Flannel Floral Print Long Sleeve Shirt, Vi Vi Vee Across-Body Bag, and Boy. by Band of Outsiders Flannel High Waisted Pants.

Leith Clark and Warby Parker Collaborate on Some Fancy Frames!

  • posted January 24th, 2014
  • Fashion



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“Four-eyed” fashionistas go nuts for Warby Parker’s budget-friendly “Try Before You Buy” model (if only all online shopping was that easy!), and now the eyewear brand is upgrading its style with a little help from a fashionable friend! Leith Clark, famed fashion editor and stylist to the stars, is lending her retro-modern style to a sweet capsule collection for Warby Parker. Taking inspiration from the sexy ’60s librarian look, the quirky collection includes five different frames that are available in both optical and sunwear versions. Think vintage-inspired circle frames and classic cat-eye styles galore, as well as fun and feminine prints that are perfect for making a serious eyewear statement. Plus, in true Warby Parker fashion, each pair sold means another pair donated to someone in need. Part naughty, part nice, and 100% stylish – you don’t want to miss out on the Leith x Warby Parker collection before it gets sold out!

Bug Out with Fendi’s Quirky Holiday 2013 Collection!

  • posted December 1st, 2013
  • Fashion

While most holiday fashion and beauty capsule collections this year are offering up shades of sage and cranberry, shearling lining, and more sparkle than anyone can safely handle, Fendi has gone in a very, very different direction. The high-fashion design house is taking a decidedly Halloween-inspired approach to the holidays with their Buggies capsule collection – a series of fuzzy bag charms, and monster-inspired handbags that will not only have all eyes on you – they’ll stare back, too! From quirky keychains to sleek black totes with hidden peekaboo eyes and even furry creature baguette bags, these graphic accessories are almost like having your own personal wardrobe body guard! Our only regret is that even the most affordable Buggies retail at a staggering $580 (not counting the tiny keychains which will set you back a hefty $270 apiece). But hey – maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll find one of these cute little critters peeking out at us from a clearance pile at Saks one day.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Deck the Halls with Holiday-Ready Home Goods from ModCloth!

Every year, the holiday season always manages to sneak up on me, and it all seems so sudden and surreal that I barely have time to really get into the mood and enjoy the cheeriest time of the year! If you’re like me, and pumpkin spice lattes and *NSYNC’s holiday album don’t seem to be doing their job of making you feel the Christmas spirit this season, then maybe your home needs a little winter sprucing-up! ModCloth, one of my favorite go-to online boutiques for whimsical, retro-modern dresses and accessories, also lends its quirky style to home decor – including some pretty sweet holiday home goods. Whether you’re looking to entertain at home, or just want to inject a little instant Christmas cheer, ModCloth’s got you covered – with a healthy dose of personality, mind you – from tongue-in-cheek wall art to color table dressings for your next dinner party! Check out some of my favorite ModCloth decor picks in the links below.

Pictured above: Owl Illuminate the Way Lights, Get Your Frills Tea TowelEverything is Illumination LanternAntler Me This Wall Decor, All That and Den Some Clock, and It’s Eclectic! Candlesticks.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Update Your Classic Trench with Cool Leather Details

  • posted November 4th, 2013
  • Fashion

A classic trench coat is one of those few timeless pieces that truly never goes out of style – for reals. I mean, let’s put it this way: if there’s one thing you can safely splurge $750+ on (*cough*Burberry*cough*) without fear of falling victim to a passing fashion fad, it’s a trench. But what if you want something a bit more… updated? True, trendy details are the exact things that keep a piece from being truly timeless, but sometimes they’re hard to resist. Case in point: strategically-placed leather trim and paneling. We’ve seen our share of contrast sleeves carried over from last season, but this time around, quilted leather shoulders, leather arm cuffs, and even leather patchwork are edging up our favorite classic trench and parka silhouettes. I mean, it’s basically like two of our favorite fall-weather staples – our tried-and-true leather jacket and our favorite goes-with-everything trench coat – had a ridiculously stylish baby. Yes, a jacket baby. Check out my favorites in the links below!

From left to right: Vero Moda Leather Look Sleeve ParkaEllen Tracy Hooded Faux-Leather-Trim RaincoatBCBGeneration Faux Leather Trim Trench Coat, and Thakoon Addition Leather Panel Trench Coat.

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